Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

BioLaw Journal - Rivista di BioDiritto is a quarterly, peer reviewed, free online law journal focusing on the relationships between law and life sciences under a comparative perspective. According to its interdisciplinary nature, the Journal hosts contributions in the fields of law, life sciences and bioethics.

The Journal presents articles, commentaries and book reviews which provide an innovative and original source of reference for academics, lawyers, legal and medical practitioners, law students, and anyone interested in national, European and international biolaw.

BioLaw Journal is indexed by: DoGi-Dottrina GiuridicaEssperCatalogo italiano dei periodici (ACNP), Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD), ERIH plusOpen Academic Journals IndexEmerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), Scopus.

 

Section Policies

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Peer Review Process

All papers submitted to the Journal are subject to the approval of the Steering Committee; in particular, papers submitted to some of the Journal’s sections (Call for papers, Essays and Commentaries) are subject to double blind peer review. Papers that are outside the scope of the Journal or are otherwise judged to be unsuitable by the Steering Committee will be rejected without peer review. Appropriate papers are sent to at least two independent referees for evaluation. Referees advice on the originality and merit of the papers. The Steering Committee decides on publication.

EDITORIAL: written by the member of the Steering Committee or of the Editorial Board that edited the issue.

FORUM/FOCUS ON: collections of invited contributions demanded by the Steering Committee. Invites are addressed to scholars of authority or to selected experts in the relevant subject matter.

CALL FOR PAPERS: papers collected after a public Call for papers and selected by the Steering Committee in compliance with the following criteria:

- Papers are sent to the three members of the Steering Committee upon anonymization;
- autonomous evaluation by the three members of the Steering Committee;
- papers that received three positive evaluations are published; papers with just one positive evaluation are not published; papers which received two positive evaluations are subject to a second review.

ESSAYS: papers subject to double blind peer review (in exceptional cases: invited contributions by scholars of authority and/or experts in the relevant subject matter).

PERSPECTIVES: papers subject to double blind peer review (in exceptional cases: invited contributions by scholars of authority and/or experts in the relevant subject matter).

COMMENTARIES: papers subject to double blind peer review (in exceptional cases: invited contributions by scholars of authority and/or experts in the relevant subject matter).

 

Publication Frequency

Journal items will be published collectively, as part of an issue with a frequency of three issues per year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

 

Steering Committee

Editor in chief: Carlo Casonato, University of Trento

Steering Committee: Roberto Bin, University of Ferrara; Antonio D'Aloia, University of Parma

 

Scientific Committee

Roberto Andorno, Vittorio Angiolini, Charles H. Baron, Alberto Bondolfi, Paolo Benciolini, Patrizia Borsellino, Roger Brownsword, Massimiano Bucchi, Stefano Canestrari, Cinzia Caporale, Paolo Carrozza, Fabio Cembrani, Lorenzo Chieffi, Ricardo Chueca Rodríguez, Roberto Giovanni Conti, Roberto Dias, Frédérique Dreifuss-Netter, Gilda Ferrando, Silvio Garattini, Francesca Giardina, Stefano Guizzi, Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez , Sheila McLean, Laura Palazzani, Barbara Pezzini, Cinzia Piciocchi, Alessandra Pioggia, Anna Poggi, Carlo Alberto Redi, Fernando Rey Martinez, Stefano Rodotà (†), Carlos Maria Romeo Casabona, Amedeo Santosuosso, Stefano Semplici, Paula Siverino Bavio, Mariachiara Tallacchini, Chiara Tripodina, Gianni Tognoni, Paolo Veronesi, Umberto Veronesi (†), Paolo Zatti.

 

Associate Editors

Lucia Busatta and Marta Tomasi

 

Trento Editorial Board

Simone Penasa (University of Trento), Lucia Busatta (University of Padova), Marta Tomasi (University of Bolzano), Elisabetta Pulice (University of Trento), Ludovica Poli (University of Turin), Ilja Richard Pavone (CNR)

 

Parma Editorial Board

Stefano Agosta (University of Messina), Giancarlo Anello (University of Parma), Maria Chiara Errigo (University of Parma), Simone Gabbi (University of Parma), Valentina Gastaldo (University of Parma), Gabriele Maestri (University of Roma Tre), Valeria Marzocco (University of Naples), Erika Ivalù Pampalone, Giovanna Razzano (University of Rome La Sapienza), Lucia Scaffardi (University of Parma), Michele Tempesta (University of Parma), Paola Torretta (University of Parma), Veronica Valenti (University of Parma) 

 

Ferrara Editorial Board

Lucilla Conte (University of Eastern Piemonte), Gianmario Demuro (University of Cagliari), Pietro Faraguna (University of Trieste), Fabio Ferrari (University of Verona), Andrea Guazzarotti (University of Ferrara), Andrea Lollini (University of Bologna and UC Hastings), Nicola Lucchi (Jönköping International Business School, Sweden)

 

Referees

List of BioLaw Journal's referees (updated to issue 1/2019): 

Stefano Agosta, Salvatore Amato, Adriana Apostoli, Gianni Baldini, Benedetta Barbisan, Camillo Barbisan, Giuseppina Barcellona, Luisella Battaglia, Paolo Benciolini, Malaika Bianchi, Daniela Bifulco, Enrico Bonadio, Sergio Bonini, Andrea Bonomi, Erminia Camassa, Stefano Canestrari, Carlos Maria Romeo Casabona, Maria Casado, Roberto Caso, Giulia Cavaliere, Eleonora Ceccherini, Lorenzo Chieffi, Lucilla Conte, Cristina Coppola, Lucia Corso, Fulvio Cortese, Rosaria Cristiano, Christian Crocetta, Cristiano Cupelli, Giacomo D'Amico, Luigi D'Andrea, Patrizio Ivo D'Andrea, Andrea de Bertolini, Maria Vita De Giorgi, Inigo de Miguel Beriain, Michela Denti, Roberto Dias, Michele Di Bari, Giovanni Di Cosimo, Rossana Ducato, Fernanda Faini, Elena Falletti, Gianluca Famiglietti, Rosanna Fattibene, Margherita Fiorentini, Aldo Frignani, Enrico Furlan, Simone Gabbi, Daniele Gallo, Lucia Galvagni, Francesca Giardina, Orsetta Giolo, Federica Giovanella, Maribel Gonzalez Pascual, Andrea Guazzarotti, Stefano Guizzi, Stefanie Hennette Vauchez, Daniele Gallo, Luigi Gaudino, Luca Ghidoni, Maria Pia Iadicicco, Paola Iamiceli, Anotonio Iannuzzi, Elisabetta Lamarque, Juan Alberto Lecaros, Benedetta Liberali, Andrea Lollini, Laura Lorello, Anna Lorenzetti, Nicola Lucchi, Enrico Maestri, Raffaele Mafrellotti , Francesca Marin, Valeria Marzocco, Ilenia Massa Pinto, Anna Mastromarino, Paola Mazzina, Davide Mazzon, Franca Meola, Piero Morino, Matteo Orlando, Luciano Orsi, Stefano Osella, Elisabetta Palermo Fabris, Davide Paris, Teresa Pasquino, Andrea Patroni Griffi, Ilja Pavone, Irene Pellizzone, Simone Penasa, Roberto Perrone, Barbara Pezzini, Mariassunta Piccinni, Cinzia Piciocchi, Lucia Pilati, Alessandra Pioggia, Roberto Pinardi, Cesare Pitea, Marco Plutino, Oreste Pollicino, Annamaria Poggi, Ludovica Poli, Salvatore Prisco, Roberto Puccella, Andrea Pugiotto, Edoardo Raffiotta, Francesca Rescigno, Fernando Rey Martinez, Daniele Rodriguez, Francesca Romanin, Stefano Rossi, Ilenia Ruggiu, Amedeo Santosuosso, Lucia Scaffardi, Simone Scagliarini, Alexander Schuster, Caterina Sganga, Paula Siverino Bavio, Paolo Sommaggio, Stefania Stefanelli, Kolis Summerer, Diletta Tega, Paola Torretta, Chiara Tripodina, Elena Urso, Paolo Veronesi, Simone Vezzani, Benedetta Vimercati, Lorenza Violini, Silvia Zullo.

 

Publication ethics and publication malpractice

BioLaw Journal – Rivista di BioDiritto is committed to the respect of ethical values of scientific research, to promote the circulation of science in line with the principles of transparency in contributions’ selection and of Open Access standards.

Authors, editors and referees are required to be aware of and agree upon the following principles, based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors del COPE – Committee On Publication Ethics.

 

Steering Committee and Editorial Boards

Decisions on publication

The Steering Committee conducts a preliminary screening on submitted papers, to check their adherence to the focus and scope of the Journal and the respect of minimum requirements for publication. In the case of a positive outcome of the preliminary screening, the Steering Committee chooses two referees among the experts in the scientific area; as to invited contributions, the Steering Committee decides on publication upon evaluation of the contribution.

Fair Play

The Steering Committee and the Editorial Boards at any time evaluate manuscripts for their scientific content, granting the pluralism of ideas.

Confidentiality

The Steering Committee and the Editorial Boards must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Referees

Manuscripts submitted to BioLaw Journal – Rivista di BioDiritto are sent, after their anonymization, to two reviewers, selected by the Steering Committee among the experts of the relevant scientific discipline. The peer-review procedure contributes to the raising of the quality level of the Journal, it grants the publication of manuscripts that received a positive evaluation by two experts and may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness

Reviewers are required to respect the deadline for the submission of their opinion, in order to help the Editorial Boards in respecting the timing of publication.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Associate Editors in a timely manner, to permit a prompt substation and an adequate evaluation of submitted manuscripts.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively and should exclusively be based on the contents of the contribution. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest and in this case should promptly inform the Associate Editors.

Authors

Originality and Plagiarism

BioLaw Journal considers for publication original and unpublished works. Upon submission, authors shall declare that their manuscript is completely original and that they cited all text and sources they used. The Steering Committee will eventually consider the submission of essays to be published in paper book series or already published on foreign reviews, which are not freely accessible in Italy. Articles or essays already published on online Reviews or websites will not be considered for publication.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work and should cite them in adherence to the Journal’s editorial guidelines.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be properly assigned; all those who have made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study should be listed as co-authors.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Associate Editors and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.

 

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